texture-defined (contrast-defined) object
An object that is defined by changes in contrast, or texture, but not by luminance.
A type of voluntary eye movement in which the eyes move smoothly to follow a moving object.
A rare neuropsychological disorder in which the affected individual has no perception of motion.
In motion detection, the problem faced by the motion detection system of knowing which feature in frame 2 corresponds to a particular feature in frame 1.
An involuntary, small, jerklike eye movement.
A type of eye movement, made both voluntarily and involuntarily, in which the eyes rapidly change fixation from one object or location to another.
middle temporal area (MT)
An area of the brain thought to be important in the perception of motion.
motion aftereffect (MAE)
The illusion of motion of a stationary object that occurs after prolonged exposure to a moving object.
A structure in the midbrain that is important in initiating and guiding eye movements.
The reduction of visual sensitivity that occurs when we make saccadic eye movements. Saccadic suppression eliminates the smear from retinal image motion during an eye movement.
The motion of an object that is defined by changes in contrast or texture, but not by luminance.
A type of eye movement in which the two eyes move in opposite directions; for example, both eyes turn toward the nose (convergence) or away from the nose (divergence).
The illusory impression of smooth motion resulting from the rapid alternation of objects that appear in different locations in rapid succession.
The collection of light rays that interact with objects in the world that are in front of a viewer. Term coined by J. J. Gibson.
An opening that allows only a partial view of an object.
The transfer of an effect (such as adaptation) from one eye to the other.
Information in the optic flow that could signal time to collision (TTC) without the necessity of estimating either absolute distances or rates. The ratio of the retinal image size at any moment to the rate at which the image is expanding is tau, and TTC is proportional to tau.
time to collision (TTC)
The time required for a moving object (such as a cricket ball) to hit a stationary object (such as a batsman’s head). TTC = distance/rate.
focus of expansion
The point in the center of the horizon from which, when we’re in motion (e.g., driving on the highway), all points in the perspective image seem to emanate. The focus of expansion is one aspect of optic flow.
An area of the visual system that receives one copy of the command issued by the motor system when the eyes move (the other copy goes to the eye muscles). The comparator compares the image motion signal with the eye motion signal and can compensate for the image changes caused by the eye movement.
An object that is delineated by changes in reflected light.
The motion of an object that is defined by changes in luminance.
The pattern of movement of living beings (humans and animals).
The fact that when a moving object is viewed through an aperture (or a receptive field), the direction of motion of a local feature or part of the object may be ambiguous.
The changing angular positions of points in a perspective image that we experience as we move through the world.
reflexive eye movement
A movement of the eye that is automatic and involuntary.